Imphal: Manipur Police on Sunday recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition which were hidden in a plastic water tank at Huikap Awang Leikai Chonga Loukol area.
Teams of Thoubal District Police under the supervision of Jogeshchandra Haobijam, superintendent of police, Thoubal conducted house to house search operation in the area.
One unknown person tried to escape away on seeing the police in a suspicious behaviour, he was chased and overpowered and the police detained him.
On preliminary verification, the unknown person identified himself as Laithangbam Praffullo Singh, 43, son of L. Kumar Singh of Huikap Awang Leikai.
On verification, he was found to be a member of a proscribed organisation working under the command of one Bobo. On his disclosure, the police teams conducted house search of the house and found one Sintex (water tank) of 500 litres, green in colour under the ground in a cowshed at about. On opening the Suite, found huge number of arms and ammunition concealed inside it, police said.
When the water tank was dugout one AK-81 —Rifle with three magazines, one AK-86 with three magazines, one M-16 A4-UBGL (40 mm Grenade Launcher) with one magazine, onef M-16 with one magazine, one RPG launcher, one RPG shell, 13 AK-56 with 13 magazine, 200 numbers of 7.62 x 39mm live rounds, 10 numbers of 5.56 mm live rounds were found inside the tank.
From the disclosure of Laithangbam Praffullo Singh, two persons who were helping him in concealing the arms and ammunition — Laitonjam Kumar Singh, 47, son of L. Madhumangol Singh of Huikap Makha Leikai and Wahengbam Tompok Singh, 49, son of late W. Chambi Singh of Huikap Mayai Leikai were picked-up for verification.
All the persons involved in concealing the arms and ammunition were arrested and they were being handed over to Andro Police station along with the recovered arms and ammunition for taking further necessary legal actions, police said.